When the controversy between Ecuador and Chile seemed to end, this Wednesday a decision by Fifa, the highest soccer body, took a substantial turn and once again endangered the team led by Gustavo Alfaro. The announcement was made in the early hours where it was indicated “to open disciplinary procedures in relation to the possible breach of Byron David Castillo Segura”, after the accusation of the Federation of Chile, for alleged false nationality.
This sports entity filed a complaint with FIFA against its counterpart in Ecuador for the “use of birth certificate, false declaration of age and nationality” of the player Byron Castillo, who would have been born in Colombia.
But the Ecuadorian Football Federation (FEF) rejected the complaint and assured that Castillo is “duly registered with the competent legal authority” and has “all the national documentation in order,” it said in a statement.
If Fifa accepts Chile’s complaint, Ecuador could lose the points from the games in which Castillo played, in the South American qualifying round, in which he won the last direct quota place in the region for the Qatar World Cup, and his place would pass to From Chile.
Given this great controversy, the suspicions of a possible elimination of Ecuador began to gain strength. to talk about it, Lawyer César Vásconez, who belongs to the Ecuadorian Football Federation, assured in a chat with Chile’s ‘D13’ that the team “doesn’t run the risk of missing out on the World Cup. Qatar is close, the Fifa disciplinary commission can resolve in about two months in the first instance. That is appealable before Fifa itself, which may take another two months. And then he resorts to the TAS, which takes another eight months.”
“An executed sentence that confirms that the player is Ecuadorian. If it is determined that the player falsified documents, I would understand that Fifa would have to sanction the player, not the federation,” added the lawyer.
“We would play the opening match”
The expectation regarding this case has been so great that the Chilean media are preparing to face a hypothetical opening match in the event of the elimination of Ecuador. “If we go to the World Cup, we would play the opening match”it reads in banner from the news 24 hours.
In addition to this, these media request the return of Martín Lasarte, a technician who was fired due to the failure achieved in the Qualifying rounds.
Byron Castillo, heading to Qatar 2022
The winger, who currently plays for Barcelona de Guayaquil, defended in eight games of the Qualifiers against Ecuador, in which he won 14 points.
Castillo played for Ecuador in the draws against Argentina (1-1) and Chile (0-0), in the wins against Venezuela (1-0), Chile (2-0), Bolivia (3-0) and Paraguay ( 2-0) and in the defeats against the Guarani national team (3-1) and Uruguay (1-0).
In the event that the points achieved in these matches were lost, Ecuador, which finished the qualifier in fourth place with 26 points, would fall to the last step with 12 units.
Chile, for its part, would be the main beneficiary, since it would add five points and reach fourth place with 24 units, the same as Peru, but with a better balance of goals, which would allow it to qualify directly for Qatar 2022.